Jacob French

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Life

Born: 15 July 1754, Stoughton, Massachusetts

Died: May 1817, Simsbury, Connecticut

Biography

Jacob French was an American composer, singing master, farmer, and compiler of music books in the last half of the eighteenth century, and shortly into the nineteenth. In 1774 he attended a singing school taught by William Billings in Stoughton. He served several times in the Continental Army between 1775 and 1781. He apparently was a singing school master in several towns in Massachusetts during the last part of the century. He was the compiler of three tune books, and many of his songs were printed by other compilers.

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List of choral works

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1. Psalm-Tunes

2. Anthems

3. Set pieces

4. Secular Songs


LISTED BY FIRST LINE

Publications

  • French. Jacob. 1789. The New American Melody. Boston: John Norman. 100 pp.
  • French, Jacob. 1793. The Psalmodist's Companion. Worcester, Massachusetts: Leonard Worcester and Isaiah Thomas.
  • French, Jacob. 1802. Harmony of Harmony. Northampton, Massachusetts: Andrew Wright.

References

  • Britton, Allen P.; Irving Lowens; and Richard Crawford. 1990. American Sacred Music Imprints 1698-1810: A Bibliography. Worcester, Massachusetts: American Antiquarian Society. 798 pp.
  • Jones, Daniel C. L. 1998. Jacob French (1754-1817): The Collected Works. New York, New York: Garland Publishing. 331 pp.

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